It has been well over a century since Mercedes-Benz built its first cargo van: in 1896, it built what is probably the world’s very first van, aptly named the Combination Delivery Vehicle. Since then, the automaker has always offered a cargo van in one shape or another, and the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van proudly joins the ranks as a small cargo vehicle that slots in below the larger Sprinter. Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot delivering 208 horsepower. The Mercedes Metris van can carry up to 2,668 pounds and tow 5,000, which represents class-leading numbers. With a refined drive and good looks, the Metris looks like a good deal, but that three-pointed star on its hood raises the price significantly. The Metris Cargo Van goes up against the Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van and Ram ProMaster City Cargo Van.
As far as cargo vans go, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris doesn’t look all that bad, especially when compared to the squinty Ram ProMaster City, or the catfish-faced Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van. Standard exterior features on the Metris Cargo include a set of 16-inch steel wheels, a sliding side door, auto headlights, a new grille design for 2021, and a full-sized spare wheel. Optional extras include your choice of 13 exterior paint colors, including Graphite Grey Metallic, Cavansite Blue Metallic, and Hyacinth Red Metallic, each going for $1,005. The Metris Cargo Van comes standard with rear doors that open to 270 degrees. Rear doors that open to 180 degrees or a lift-up tailgate are optional.
The 2021 Metris Cargo Van is available in 126-inch and 135-inch wheelbase trim, with the shorter van measuring 202.4 inches in total length, while the long-wheelbase car measures 211.4 inches. Width, including mirrors, is 88 inches. The load height at curb level is 22 inches, and the side-door opening height is 49.3 inches. The Metris Cargo Van has a curb weight of 4,123 pounds in short wheelbase form, and 4,178 lbs in LWB configuration .
Max Width75.9 in
Engine and Transmission
Powering the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van is a turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine that produces 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine provides enough grunt to move the Metris Cargo around town with eagerness, and even when fully loaded will still manage to keep up on the highway. Its strong torque curve also allows it to tow an impressive 5,000 pounds. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a smooth-shifting new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission that replaces last year’s seven-speed transmission. It makes the most of the engine’s power and does not struggle to find gears when pulling along a large load or when accelerating in and out of city traffic. No official top speed or 0 to 60 mph times are quoted by the manufacturer, which is hardly unusual for this category of vehicle.